The History and Antiquities of London, Westminster, Southwark, and Parts Adjacent, vol. 2

Allen, Thomas




Their are clouds , radiated in base each surmounted witha triple crown caps . A mount , thereon a ram couchant attired . lions pellette. .

Unto God only, be honour and glory.

The Virgin Mary.

The Drapers' Company, which was an ancient society or guild, was incorporated in , by Henry VI. under the style of

the master, wardens, brethren and sisters of the guild or fraternity of the blessed Mary the Virgin, of the mystery of drapers,

and is governed by a master, wardens, and a court of assistants. About lord mayors are recorded to have been members of this respectable community ; and the names of many other eminent persons are enrolled among its freemen. Drapers'-hall is situated in , near its junction with ; it was erected on the site of a large mansion, that had been built in the time of Henry VIII.

Henry Fitz-Alwyn, the mayor of London (from to ) is claimed by the drapers as having belonged to their fraternity, though Stow and other authors describe him as a member of the pepperers or grocers. Sir Joseph Sheldon and sir Robert Clayton, the mayor in , and the other in , were members of this company.


[] : The arms granted 1439; crest and supporters, 1590; the whole confirmed 1634.

[] Portraits of them are in the hall of the company.

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 Title Page
 CHAPTER I: History of London, from the Accession of William and Mary, to the reign of George the Second
 CHAPTER II: History of London during the reign of George the Second
 CHAPTER III: History of London from the Accession of George the Third, to the year 1780
 CHAPTER IV: History of London continued to the Union
 CHAPTER V: History of London from the Union to the Jubilee, 1809
 CHAPTER VI: History of London from the Jubilee to the Peace of 1814
 CHAPTER VII: History of London continued to the accession of George the Fourth
 CHAPTER VIII: Account of the Civil Government of the City by Portreves, Bailiffs, and Mayors, with a list of the latter...
 CHAPTER IX: An account of the Aldermen and Sheriffs, with a list of the latter
CHAPTER X: Lists and brief Accounts of the various Officers and Courts within the City
CHAPTER XI: Some account of the Ecclesiastical Government of the city of London, with a List and Biographical Notices of the Bishops of the see
CHAPTER XII: Some Account of the Military Government of London, and the Artillery Company
CHAPTER XIII: An Account of the twelve principal Companies of the City of London
CHAPTER XIV: An Account of the Companies of the City of London, alphabetically arranged
 CHAPTER XV: An Account of the River Thames
CHAPTER XVI: Historical and topographical account of London Bridge, Westminster Bridge, Blackfriars Bridge, Waterloo Bridge, Southwark Bridge, and the Thames Tunnel
CHAPTER XVII: Topographical and Historical Account of the Tower of London